Boro maintain their fine Challenge Cup tradition

Worksop Borough's Matt Booth lifts the trophy
Worksop Borough's Matt Booth lifts the trophy

Worksop Borough continued their fine Challenge Cup record with an extra-time victory over St Joseph’s.

A fine turnout of over 300 supporters created a great atmosphere for the cup final.

Worksop Borough celebrate their cup final success

Worksop Borough celebrate their cup final success

Both teams started brightly on a flat but very hard surface, trying to pass the ball.

St Joseph’s had the advantage of a gusting wind which was making life difficult.

Chance came and went for both sides, but Borough opened the scoring from a corner when Man of the Match Liam Arnold converted with a fine header.

With Borough in front Joseph’s started to create more opportunities for an equaliser but couldn’t manage to trouble Jepson in the Borough goal.

Worksop Boro and St Joseph's emerge for the cup final

Worksop Boro and St Joseph's emerge for the cup final

The second half stated in the same vein as the first.

The match changed for Borough when a reckless challenge from substitute Jacob Dawson earned him a straight red card from referee Graham Wright.

St Joseph’s were now in the ascendancy with the extra man and the introduction of Durrant saw chances come and go for Joseph’s.

A combination of fine goal keeping and the cross bar kept Joseph’s at bay.

The cup final match officials

The cup final match officials

With the game becoming more and more stretched Borough also had chances on the break but failed to increase their lead.

Joseph’s did get back level with a superb free-kick from Durrant which left Jepson with no chance.

With the game ebbing and flowing and the Borough forward line tiring the game finished level and head for extra time.

In the first period of extra time Joseph’s started to pile the pressure on without reward.

Arnold found himself in a forward position and won a header in the box which eluded everyone including the Joseph’s keeper, putting the Borough in front for a second time and winning the tie.

St Joseph’s now face Langold Old Boys in the Benevolent Cup final at Worksop Town on Sunday.